Bestselling author Johnson recounts the story of Joseph Priestley--scientist and theologian, protg of Benjamin Franklin--an 18th-century radical thinker who played pivotal roles in the invention of ecosystem science, the founding of the Unitarian Church, and the intellectual development of the U.S.Bestselling author Johnson recounts the story of Joseph Priestley--scientist and theologian, protg of Benjamin Franklin--an 18th-century radical thinker who played pivotal roles in the invention of ecosystem science, the founding of the Unitarian Church, and the intellectual development of the U.S.Read Less
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A wonderful read. It is a mix of scholarship and literature.
Sep 10, 2009
I bought this on the strength of a review in American Scientist and was not disappointed. I have a doctorate in chemistry, but was completely unfamiliar with the story of the foundation of the field. One especially creative feature that sets this apart from more conventional history-of-science narratives is the keen attention to historical process. This becomes especially clear towards the end when Johnson makes a stark contrast between the entirely qualitative work of Priestly and the quantitative work of Lavoisier and others.
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